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Booking Inspections

How Do I Arrange A Building Inspection?

Call us on 06 857 7731 and make an appointment as soon as you know the related work will be ready to be inspected.

We require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice and will usually be able to inspect the work within 24 to 48 hours.

Up to three days’ notice may be required at times of high demand.  Please be aware that requests for exact inspection times and particular Building Officers cannot always be accommodated.

 

You will need to quote the following:

  • Building consent number
  • Site address
  • Type of inspection (specific details – listed below)
  • Name and contact phone number of the person who will be onsite at the time of the inspection
  • In the case of restricted building work, the name and number of the Licensed Building Practitioner must be supplied

Note: If your consent is older than 6 years from date of issue then the inspection request will be referred to the Building Team Leader Inspections prior to any booking being confirmed.

 

On-site requirements for inspections

For an inspection to take place, the approved plans and documentation must be available on site. The Building Consents Officer will be inspecting the building work against these approved documents.  If we arrive on site and the documentation is not available we will not undertake the inspection. We will however bill you for our time.

If work is not ready to be inspected, the officer will either fail the inspection or walk away and not carry out the inspection. In either case, you will have to book another one. If you are not ready, please cancel the inspection so that the time slot can be used by someone else.  Repeat inspections will incur additional costs.

Arrange safe access to the building or building work.  The Building Consents Officer may refuse to undertake inspections if the site is deemed unsafe or access is unsuitable. Safe access must be supplied to “off the ground” areas.

It is preferable that the owner or an agent be available on site for all inspections, while we appreciate that this may not always be possible it is mandatory that for final inspections the owner or their representative is on site.

 

How building work is inspected and recorded

During an inspection, the building officer checks that the construction complies with the approved plans and specifications for the building consent. Inspection checklists are completed during the inspection. All items listed, big or small, must be compliant with the approved building consent documents (plans and specifications) in order for the Building Consents Officer to pass the inspection.  The inspection results are automatically saved into the system.

At the end of an inspection, the outcome of the inspection is given verbally and the inspection report is emailed to the owner/agent and tradesperson.

What is a Notice to Fix?

A Council must issue a notice to fix for any work that doesn't meet the requirements of the Building Act 2004 or Building Regulations, which includes the Building Code. For example a notice to fix may be issued for building work not carried out in accordance with a current building consent or perhaps work that does not comply with the Building Code. A notice to fix is the commencement of formal proceedings to achieve compliance with the Building Act or Regulations. If a notice to fix is issued, a letter explaining the process will accompany the notice to fix.
A notice to fix is issued to a specified person/s. A specified person may be:

  • The owner.
  • The person/s carrying out the building work.
  • Any other person/s supervising the building work.

The notice to fix will:

  • Specify the contravention.
  • Specify what is required to remedy the contravention.
  • State a time frame within which it must be complied with.
  • Require the specified person to contact Council when the required remedy has been completed.

It is an offence under section 168 of the Building Act 2004 failing to comply with a notice to fix.

Enforcement of notices to fix is undertaken by the Territorial Authority.

Changes to the project once underway

Should it become necessary to change the design part way through the project a formal application to amend the building consent will be necessary and this will follow the same process as a building consent application.

Minor changes such as repositioning a door, bracing element or substituting a material for a similar product (eg interior linings) is a minor variation and can be discussed with and approved by the Building Consents Officer on site. Outcomes will be recorded on the building consent file and you may be required to provide an as-built plan.

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